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7 Jul, 2021 08:10

The alcohol industry’s hold over the British government (E1027)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak first to Professor David Nutt, author of ‘Nutt Uncut’ and the former chair on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (2008-2009). He discusses the UK government’s response to coronavirus which he blasts as chaotic, the entrenched power of the alcohol industry over parliament and No.10 Downing Street, why he argues that the policy of the current and previous governments towards recreational drugs has been a mistake, how racism was de facto encouraged in policing in the crackdown on drugs, the trends of the alcohol industry’s decline, and the often-ignored severity of harm caused by alcohol, how the damage caused by drink in the UK costs more than the revenue made from the industry, and much more!

Finally, we speak to Khin Maung Zaw, lawyer for detained former state counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. He discusses his family’s role in the heroic resistance of communist Aung San, who helped liberate Myanmar from colonial rule, the welfare of Aung San Suu Kyi and the conditions she faces in prison, international action on her detainment and action against the military regime, the geopolitics of Myanmar-China relations, and much more!

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A MailOnline spokesperson said: "The article ‘Son of sacked drugs advisor David Nutt pictured 'smoking cannabis' on Facebook’, was published on 14 November 2009 on MailOnline, following a story that originally appeared in The Sun."

"A complaint made to the PPC, that Professor Nutt’s son was smoking a roll-up, not a joint in the picture; was resolved on the grounds of headline accuracy, and the article was removed from the site two days later. 

"The Leveson inquiry took place in 2011 and 2012.”